Pilgrim Tour To Georgia

Visit most beautiful places, oldest churches, holy lands and Cathedrals of Georgia!

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When you arrive, our guide and driver will meet you at Tbilisi International Airport and drive you to the Hotel (Tbilisi). Early the following morning we will pick you up from the hotel from where your journey begins. Our first destination is the biggest Orthodox church in Georgia and not only in Georgia, the Trinity (sameba) Cathedral, where you’ll have the chance to see the achievements of modern contractions. Continue the tour of the Old Tbilisi by visiting the 13th century Metekhi church, after which we will pilgrimage more churches and places in Tbilisi, such as: Sioni Cathedral, Anchiskhati Basilica, St. Nicola's church. You will have a walking tour around Tbilisi, after which you will enjoy dinner in a local restaurant in the centre of Tbilisi. You will stay in Tbilisi overnight. After breakfast at the hotel, the driver and guide will take you to Mtskheta, holy land of Georgia! We will visit Jvari Monastery (6th century), located at the top of the hill. This is the place where the missionary St Nino erected a cross (“jvari” in Georgian) in the 4th century to mark the coming of Christianity to Georgia. After that, we will go to the 11th century Svetitskhoveli Cathedral, which has been used for centuries for the coronation and burial of Georgian monarchs. Most importantly, it is considered one of the holiest places in Georgia, since the Robe of Christ is buried here. Svetitskoveli is one of the most beautiful cathedrals in Georgia, with exquisite carvings and frescoes. Also on our list is the nearby Samtavro monastery, on a small hill. After visiting these holy places, you will continue the trip to Borjomi region, where you will be visiting Rabati Castle and Vardzia Cave Monastery, which has no analogies in the region and is one of the biggest monastery complex. After guiding through Rabati Castle and Vardzia monastery complex museums we will drive you back to Tbilisi. We will be back in Tbilisi late evening. On your fourth day you will get totally another experience and visit very eastern part of Georgia, home land of vine traditions and legends. Visit Bodbe monastery, which takes a special place in the spiritual life of Georgia. The church holds relics of St. Nino enlightener. There is a one of the most famous icons of Georgia - Virgin " Iver ", At 3 km from the monastery through the forest, there is an extremely cold holy spring of St. Nino. At the bottom of the church arranged a pool, where you can bathe. After this activity we will take you to Sighnaghi, city of love and romantic views, in the city we will visit St. George’s church after what we will continue journey to Telavi, overnight in Telavi. Another day and another experience! after breakfast at the hotel, first thing what we will do is to visit Alaverdi monastery, biggest church in Kakheti region, surrounded with wintages and fields. Monck in this monastery make their own wine, which is 100% natural. After visiting Alaverdi monastery, driver and guide will take you to another churches: Nekresi, Gremi, Old and New Shuamta monasteries. overnight in Telavi. On sixth and very important day of our Pilgrim trip, you will be visiting kazbegi side. First stop you’ll take is Ananuri Complex, In 2007, the complex has been on the tentative list for inclusion into the UNESCO World Heritage Site program. Inside the complex there is a church with old paintings and frescoes. Next stop is Sioni Basilika, 30 min. south of Stepantsminda - a small village basilica from the 11th century. Our final destination for the day - Gergeti Trinity Church, the church is situated on the right bank of the river Chkheri, at an elevation of 2170 meters (7120 feet), under Mount Kazbegi. Overnight in Kazbegi. After breakfast at the hotel, the day will begin with long way drive to Kutaisi, first capital of Georgia. Our first stop is at the picturesque monastery of Gelati, which is a monastic complex near Kutaisi. Hear legends and stories about heroes defending their homeland, before venturing to your next stop. Afterwards, we will travel to the Motsameta Monastery, which offers awe-inspiring views of the river and the surrounding countryside. It is named after the brothers Davit and Konstantin Mkheidze, tortured by the Arabs for defending Christianity. We will continue the day by visiting the Bagrati Cathedral, which is regarded as a masterpiece in the history of medieval Georgian architecture. Have a stop at an interesting place for Kutaisi visitors, the Sataflia Cave complex. After a pleasantly tiring trip, you will be enjoying the local food in the restaurant. We will come back to the hotel, in Kutaisi, late in the evening, where the guests will stay overnight and prepare for the following day. The next day, after breakfast in the hotel we will move forward to Achara Region city Batumi, Since Batumi is a small city and the streets are narrow, it is easier to walk there instead of taking transport. During the day you will be visiting a couple of important churches, the cathedral, the old town, the Piazza, astronomical clock, alphabet tower and much more! In the evening you’ll have the opportunity to enjoy the local seafood and Acharian Khachapuri! After all the activities you will be able to stay on the beach for clubbing. Overnight in Batumi. After all these days, we will go back to Tbilisi. On the way back you will be shown the Petra Castle, built during the 6th century A.D., as well as a medieval monastic complex in Ubisa. As it takes 5 to 6 hours of driving to get to Tbilisi, we will stop for lunch during our journey. In Tbilisi you’ll have dinner before checking into the hotel for the night. On the last day, our guide will help you to check-out from the hotel, and you will then have some shopping time before the driver and the guide take you to Tbilisi International Airport.

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
Whats included in this tour Items that are covered in the cost of tour price.

  • Transportation
  • Tour Guiding
  • Tour Guiding
  • Accommodation
  • Local Restaurants
  • Cultural Expedition
  • Fun and Joy
  • Breakfast in The hotel
  • Lunch at the local Restaurant
  • Hotel Pick-Up
  • Hotel Drop-off
  • All Entry Ticket Fees
  • Transfer From Airport
  • Transfer To Airport
  • All Local Taxes
  • Food Degustation
  • Wine Degustation
  • Vodka Degustation
  • Beer Degustation
  • Bottle of Water
  • Souvenirs
  • Welcome Package
Whats not included in this tour Items that are covered in the cost of tour price.

  • Extra Alcohol
  • Extra Services
  1. Kazbegi - Sioni Basilica Short History

    Sioni Basilika, 30 min. south of Stepantsminda - a small village basilica from the 11th century, adjacent to a "light-house" signal tower and with breathtaking views both to the North and South of the Georgian Army Highway.

  2. Seventh Day - Kutaisi Short History

    Kutaisi was the capital of the ancient Kingdom of Colchis. Archaeological evidence indicates that the city functioned as the capital of the kingdom of Colchis in the sixth to fifth centuries BC. It's believed that, in Argonautica, a Greek epic poem about Jason and the Argonauts and their journey to Colchis, author Apollonius Rhodius considered Kutaisi their final destination as well as the residence of King Aeëtes. Later it was capital of the kingdom of Lazica until being occupied briefly by the Arabs. An Arab incursion into western Georgia was repelled by Abkhazians jointly with Lazic and Iberian allies in 736, towards c.786, Leon II won his full independence from Byzantine and transferred his capital to the Kutaisi, thus unifying Lazica and Abasgia via a dynastic union. The latter led the unification of Georgian monarchy in the 11th century.From 1008 to 1122, Kutaisi served as capital of the united Kingdom of Georgia, and from the 15th century until 1810, it was the capital of the Imeretian Kingdom. In 1508, the city was conquered by Selim I, who was the son of Bayezid II, the sultan of the Ottoman Empire. Kutaisi was a major industrial center before Georgia's independence in 1991.Later in 2012th the new Parliament building was opened in Kutaisi, this fact made Kutaisi more active. Kutaisi is located along both banks of the Rioni River. City is surrounded by deciduous forests to the northeast and the northwest. The low-lying outskirts of the city have a largely agricultural landscape. The city centre has many gardens and its streets are lined with high, leafy trees. In the springtime, when the snow starts to melt in the nearby mountains, the storming Rioni River in the middle of the city is heard far beyond its banks.

  3. Kazbegi - Ananuri Complex Short History

    Ananuri was a castle and seat of the eristavis (Dukes) of Aragvi, a feudal dynasty which ruled the area from the 13th century. The castle was the scene of numerous battles. In 1739, Ananuri was attacked by forces from a rival duchy, commanded by Shanshe of Ksani and was set on fire. The Aragvi clan was massacred. However, four years later, the local peasants revolted against rule by the Shamshe, killing the usurpers and inviting King Teimuraz II to rule directly over them. However, in 1746, King Teimuraz was forced to suppress another peasant uprising, with the help of King Erekle II of Kakheti. The fortress remained in use until the beginning of the 19th century. In 2007, the complex has been on the tentative list for inclusion into the UNESCO World Heritage Site program.

  4. Sixth Day - Kazbegi Short History

    Kazbegi is a district of Georgia, in the region of Mtskheta-Mtianeti. Kazbegi Municipality is situated in the upper valley of the Terek River, which goes on to traverse the Georgia–Russia border to the north and eventually drains into the Caspian Sea in Dagestan, Russian Federation. By the conventional definition of the Europe-Asia boundary as following the watershed of the Caucasus, this places Kazbegi Municipality geographically in Europe, thus making Georgia a transcontinental country. The main settlement is Stepantsminda, The town is located along the banks of the Terek River, 157 kilometers (98 mi) to the north of Tbilisi at an elevation of 1,740 meters (5,710 feet) above sea level. The town is dominated by large mountains on all sides. The most notable mountain of the region, Mount Kazbek 5,047 m (16,558 ft)  lies immediately to the west of town.

  5. Telavi - Old and New Shuamta Monastery Short History

    Near Telavi in the village of Shuamta you will see the fragments of Dzveli-Shuamta and Akhali Shuamta monasteries (old Shuamta and new Shauamta). These two monasteries absolutely are differ from each other in architecture and were built at different times. Dzveli Shuamta monastery is more ancient. It is a complex of several ancient churches. The small church standing in the foreground is dated the 5th century, the other two – bigger and smaller domical churches – the 7th century. The bigger church is very similar to Mtskheta Dzhvari temple. The churches have the 12th-century paintings. Akhali Shuamta Monastery was built later in the 16 th century. This monastery is still active. The big temple, the bell tower, the fencing parts of the monastery complex. According to the legend the monastery was constructed by Tina, the Kakhetin queen. When she was a little girl she had a dream where she was told to build an orthodox temple. In her dream she saw the site of the future monastery. The place appeared unfamiliar, and only when she married Kakhetian prince Levan, Tina recognized the place during her travel across Georgia. That was how the monastery was founded and later Tina took the veil there.

  6. Telavi - Nekresi Monastery Short History

    Is a historic town in Kakheti, Georgia, in modern-day Kvareli Municipality, near the village of Shilda. The town was established by king Pharnajom (around 2nd-1st centuries BC). In the 4th century AD, king Thrdat built a church in this place. This church became a refuge to one of the Assyrian fathers, Abibus, in the late 6th century. Around this time Diocese of Nekresi was established, which existed until the 19th century. The church was recently restored, stone masonry repaired, roof rebuilt, windows put in place.

  7. Telavi - Gremi Monastery Complex Short History

    Gremi is a 16th-century architectural monument – the royal citadel and the Church of the Archangels – in Kakheti, Georgia. The complex is what has survived from the once flourishing town of Gremi and is located southwest of the present-day village of the same name in the Kvareli district, 175 kilometers east of Tbilisi, capital of Georgia. Gremi was the capital of the Kingdom of Kakheti in the 16th and 17th centuries. Founded by Levan of Kakheti, it functioned as a lively trading town on the Silk Road and royal residence until being razed to the ground by the armies of Shah Abbas I of Persia in 1615. The town never regained its past prosperity and the kings of Kakheti transferred their capital to Telavi in the mid-17th century.

  8. Telavi - Alaverdi Monastery Short History

    Georgian Eastern Orthodox monastery located 25 km (16 mi) from Akhmeta, in the Kakheti region of Eastern Georgia. While parts of the monastery date back to 6th century, the present day cathedral was built in the 11th century by Kvirike III of Kakheti, replacing an older church of St. George. The monastery was founded by the Assyrian monk Joseph (Yoseb, Amba) Alaverdeli, who came from Antioch and settled in Alaverdi, then a small village and former pagan religious center dedicated to the Moon. At a height of over 55 m (180 ft), Alaverdi Cathedral was the tallest religious building in Georgia, until the construction of the Holy Trinity Cathedral of Tbilisi, which was consecrated in 2004. However its overall size is smaller than the cathedral of Svetitskhoveli in Mtskheta. The monastery is the focus of the annual religious celebration Alaverdoba. Situated in the heart of the world's oldest wine region, the monks also make their own wine, known as Alaverdi Monastery Cellar.

  9. Fifth Day - Telavi Short History

    Telavi, the main city and administrative centre of Georgia's eastern province of Kakheti. The first archaeological findings from Telavi date back to the Bronze Age. One of the earliest surviving accounts of Telavi is from the 2nd century AD, by Greek geographer Claudius Ptolemaeus, who mentions the name Teleda (a reference to Telavi). Telavi began to transform into a fairly important and large political and administrative centre in the 8th century. Interesting information on Telavi is provided in the records by an Arab geographer, Al-Muqaddasi of the 10th century, who mentions Telavi along with such important cities of that time's Caucasus as Tbilisi, Shamkhor, Ganja, Shemakha and Shirvan. Speaking about the population of Telavi, Al-Muqaddasi points out that for the most part it consisted of Christians. From the 10th until the 12th century, Telavi served as the capital of the Kingdom of Kakheti and later Kingdom of Kakhet-Hereti. During the so-called Golden Era of the Georgian State (12th–13th centuries), Telavi turned into one of the most important political and economic centres of the Georgian State. After the disintegration of the united Georgian Kingdom in the 15th century, the role of Telavi started to decline and the city eventually became an ordinary town of trade and crafts. Telavi regained its political importance in the 17th century when it became a capital of the kingdom of Kakheti. By 1762, it turned into the second capital (after Tbilisi) of the united Eastern Georgian Kingdom of Kartl-Kakheti.

  10. Kakheti - Sighnaghi St. George's Church Short History

    Signagi is located in the Kakheti region of Georgia, settled since the Paleolithic period. Signagi as a settlement is first recorded in the early 18th century. In 1762, King Heraclius II of Georgia sponsored the construction of the town and erected a fortress to defend the area from marauding attacks by Dagestan tribesmen. As of the 1770 census, Signagi was settled by 100 families, chiefly craftsmen and merchants. When Georgia was annexed by Imperial Russia in 1801, Signagi was officially granted town status and became a centre of Signakh within Tiflis Governorate in 1802. In 1812, Signak joined the rebellion with the rest of Kakheti against the Russian rule. During the Caucasian War, the town "was considered an important point on account of its proximity to" Dagestan. The town quickly rose in its size and population and became an agricultural center, but later a major reconstruction project recently launched by the Government of Georgia and co-funded by several international organizations intends to address an increasing tourist interest and modernize infrastructure.

  11. Kakheti - Bodbe Monastery Short History

    St. Nino’s Monastery is a Georgian Orthodox monastic complex and the seat of the Bishops of Bodbe located 2 km from the town of Sighnaghi, Kakheti, Georgia. Originally built in the 9th century, it has been significantly remodeled, especially in the 17th century. The monastery now functions as a nunnery and is one of the major pilgrimage sites in Georgia, due to its association with St. Nino, the 4th-century female evangelist of Georgians, whose relics are shrined there. According to Georgian tradition, St. Nino, having witnessed the conversion of Georgians to the Christian faith, withdrew to the Bodbe gorge, in Kakheti, where she died c. 338-340. At the behest of King Mirian III (r. 284-361), a small monastery was built at the place where Nino was buried. The monastery gained particular prominence in the late Middle Ages. It was particularly favored by the kings of Kakheti who made choice of the monastery as the place of their coronation. Pillaged by the troops of Shah Abbas I of Persia in 1615, the Bodbe monastery was restored by King Teimuraz I of Kakheti (r. 1605-1648). With the revival of monastic life in Bodbe, a theological school was opened. The monastery also operated one of the largest depositories of religious books in Georgia and was home to several religious writers and scribes. In 1924, the Soviet government closed down the monastery and converted it into a hospital. In 1991, after the dissolution of the Soviet Union, the Bodbe monastery was resumed as a convent. Restoration works were carried out between 1990 and 2000 and resumed in 2003.

  12. Batumi - Astronomical Clock Short History

    Made in Germany, the Astronomical Clock in Europe Square in the city of Batumi adorns the restored facade of the former National Bank building. A chime indicates the full hour, a single ring the half-hour. Apart from the time of day, the clock also shows astronomical information – the placement of the sun and the moon, the moon phase, the meridian and the horizon.

  13. Ninth Day - Back To Tbilisi Short History

    After breakfast in the hotel, we will drive you back to Tbilisi, but before returning in Capital, you will be visiting few sightseeing on your way back.

  14. Back To Tbilisi - Petra Castle Short History

    Petra Fortress is located in the village of Tsikhisdziri in the Kobuleti district of Ajara. Built during the 6th century A.D. it held an important strategic position at the crossroads of the route linking Georgia with Iran and Armenia. The fortress is one of the most significant monuments on the entire eastern coast of the Black Sea. Situated on a rocky outcrop beside the shore of the Black Sea, Petra was considered to be an impregnable fortress. Its name originated from the Greek word “Petra” – meaning rock, stone. Some historians consider the fortress to be the “Hell’s Castle” referred to in the famous “The Knight in the Panther’s Skin” poem by Shota Rustaveli. Archaeological excavations have revealed that the site has been settled since at least the Late Bronze Age. Although the fortress is in ruins today, the remains of a small hall-style 10th century church can be found in the center of the complex. A larger basilica-type church did exist on the site and is believed to be Petra Cathedral Church, which dates to the 6th century.

  15. Fourth Day - Kakheti Short History

    Kakheti - the eastern region of Georgia, famous for stunning landscapes that include snow-covered peaks and curving passes, traditional winemaking in „qvevri“ and gorgeous cities. It’s one of the country’s most diverse areas. So, here are some of the best things you should see and do in Kakheti while visiting Georgia. Discover whole Kakheti province during this one week trip. Venture into Kakheti’s semi-desert landscapes and visit the David Gareja Monastery, set on the Georgia-Azerbaijan border and home to 6th-century monastic caves. Then, visit the medieval Bodbe Monastery near the hilltop town of Signagi. Admire the Alazani valley from Signagi’s watchtowers and enjoy with Kakhetian traditional food and tens sorts of local wine. Next days you will visit Telavi, the capital town of Kakheti region, the first archaeological findings from Telavi date back to the Bronze Age. One of the earliest surviving accounts of Telavi is from the 2nd century AD, by Greek geographer Claudius Ptolemaeus, who mentions the name Teleda (a reference to Telavi). During this trip you will visit some of the ancient monasteries, as Alaverdi Cathedral, Nekresi Monastery, and Gremi Monastery.

  16. Borjomi - Vardzia Monastery Short History

    Vardzia is a cave monastery site in southern Georgia, excavated from the slopes of the Erusheti Mountain on the left bank of the Kura River, thirty kilometres from Aspindza. The main period of construction was the second half of the twelfth century. The caves stretch along the cliff for some five hundred meters and in up to nineteen tiers. The Church of the Dormition, dating to the 1180s during the golden age of Tamar and Rustaveli, has an important series of wall paintings. The site was largely abandoned after the Ottoman takeover in the sixteenth century. Now part of a state heritage reserve, the extended area of Vardzia-Khertvisi has been submitted for future inscription on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

  17. Borjomi - Rabati Castle Short History

    is a fortress in Akhaltsikhe, Georgia. Originally established in the 9th century as the Lomisa Castle, it was completely rebuilt by Ottomans. Most of the surviving buildings date from the 17th and 18th centuries. According to the Georgian Chronicles the city was established in the 9th century by Guaram Mampal, son of the King of Tao. From the 13th to the end of 14th centuries it was the capital city of Samtskhe-Saatabago, ruled by the Georgian princely family and a ruling dynasty of the Principality of Samtskhe, the House of Jaqeli. In 1393 the city was attacked by the armies of Tamerlane. After the Treaty of Constantinople in 1590, the whole territory of Samtskhe-Saatabago came under the rule of Ottoman Empire. Turks Mostly used to build defensive edifices. In 1752 the first mosque was built in Rabati. After a lot of wars and attacks the fortress stood up and later it was extensively rebuilt and renovated in 2011-2012 in order to attract more tourists to the area.

  18. Mtskheta - Jvari Monastery Short History

    Jvari Monastery stands on the rocky mountaintop at the confluence of the Mtkvari and Aragvi rivers, overlooking the town of Mtskheta, which was formerly the capital of the Kingdom of Iberia. According to traditional accounts, on this location in the early 4th century Saint Nino, a female evangelist credited with converting King Mirian III of Iberia to Christianity, erected a large wooden cross on the site of a pagan temple. The cross was reportedly able to work miracles and therefore drew pilgrims from all over the Caucasus. A small church was erected over the remnants of the wooden cross in c.545 named the "Small Church of Jvari". The present building, or "Great Church of Jvari", is generally held to have been built between 590 and 605 by Erismtavari Stepanoz I. This is based on the Jvari inscriptions on its facade which mentions the principal builders of the church: Stephanos the patricius, Demetrius the hypatos, and Adarnase the hypatos. Professor Cyril Toumanoff disagrees with this view, identifying these individuals as Stepanoz II, Demetre (brother of Stepanoz I), and Adarnase II (son of Stepanoz II), respectively. The importance of Jvari complex increased over time and attracted many pilgrims. In the late Middle Ages, the complex was fortified by a stone wall and gate, remnants of which still survive. During the Soviet period, the church was preserved as a national monument, but access was rendered difficult by tight security at a nearby military base. After the independence of Georgia, the building was restored to active religious use. Jvari was listed together with other monuments of Mtskheta in 1994 as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

  19. Mtskheta - Samtavro Monastery Short History

    Samtavro Transfiguration Orthodox Church and Nunnery of St. Nino in Mtskheta, Georgia, were built in the 4th century by King Mirian III of Iberia. The church was reconstructed in the 11th century by King George I and Catholicos-Patriarch Melkisedek. The famous Georgian Saint monk Gabriel is buried in the yard of Samtavro Church.

  20. Mtskheta - Svetitskhoveli Cathedral Short History

    The original church was built in 4th century A.D. during the reign of Mirian III of Kartli (Iberia). St. Nino is said to have chosen the confluence of the Mtkvari (Kura) and Aragvi rivers as the place of the first Georgian Church. According to Georgian hagiography, in the 1st century AD a Georgian Jew from Mtskheta named Elias was in Jerusalem when Jesus was crucified. Elias bought Jesus’ robe from a Roman soldier at Golgotha and brought it back to Georgia. Returning to his native city, he was met by his sister Sidonia who upon touching the robe immediately died from the emotions engendered by the sacred object. The robe could not be removed from her grasp, so she was buried with it. The place where Sidonia is buried with Christ's robe is preserved in the Cathedral. Later, from her grave grew an enormous cedar tree. Ordering the cedar chopped down to build the church, St. Nino had seven columns made from it for the church’s foundation. The seventh column, however, had magical properties and rose by itself into the air. It returned to earth after St. Nino prayed the whole night. It was further said that from the magical seventh column a sacred liquid flowed that cured people of all diseases. In Georgian sveti means "pillar" and tskhoveli means "life-giving" or "living", hence the name of the cathedral. An icon portraying this event can be seen on the second column on the right-hand from the entrance. Reproduced widely throughout Georgia, it shows Sidonia with an angel lifting the column in heaven. Saint Nino is in the foreground: King Mirian and his wife, Queen Nana, are to the right and left. Georgia officially adopted Christianity as its state religion in 337.

  21. Third Day - Mtskheta Short History

    Mtskheta was founded in the 5th century BC. It was capital of the early Georgian Kingdom of Iberia (Kartli) from the 3rd century BC to the 5th century AD. It was a site of early Christian activity, and the location where Christianity was proclaimed the state religion of Kartli in 337. It remains the headquarters of the Georgian Orthodox Church. King Dachi I Ujarmeli (early 6th century AD), who was the successor of Vakhtang I Gorgasali, moved the capital from Mtskheta to the more easily defensible Tbilisi according to the will left by his father. However, Mtskheta continued to serve as the coronation and burial place for most kings of Georgia until the end of the kingdom in the 19th century.The old city lies at the confluence of the rivers Mtkvari and Aragvi. The rare blend of cultural values had ruled in this part of the world since the Bronze Age until prosperous Christian era over the unique eclectic lifestyle creating the mood of the town which is as old as the history of Georgia. Mtskheta is the most religious city of Georgia as it has been the shrine of pagan idols since times immemorial and it is where Christianity in Georgia takes its origin. In recognition of its role in the Georgian Christian history, Mtskheta was granted the status of a "Holy City" by Catholicos-Patriarch Ilia II of Georgia in accordance of the written testament of his 11th-century predecessor Melchizedek I of Georgia.

  22. Tbilisi - St. Nicola's Church Short History

    St Nicholas church is standing in the middle of Narikala Fortress, it was newly built in 1996–1997 and replaced the original 13th-century church that was destroyed in a fire. The new church is of "prescribed cross" type, having doors on three sides. The internal part of the church is decorated with the frescoes showing scenes both from the Bible and history of Georgia.

  23. Tbilisi - Anchiskhati Basilica Short History

    The Anchiskhati Basilica of St Mary is the oldest surviving church in Tbilisi, Georgia. It belongs to the Georgian Orthodox Church and dates from the sixth century. According to the old Georgian annals, the church was built by the King Dachi of Iberia (522-534) who had made Tbilisi his capital. Originally dedicated to the Virgin Mary, it was renamed Anchiskhati in 1675 when the treasured icon of the Savior created by the twelfth-century goldsmith Beka Opizari at the Ancha monastery in Klarjeti was moved to Tbilisi so preserve it from an Ottoman invasion. The icon was preserved at the Basilica of St Mary for centuries (it is now on display at the Art Museum of Georgia). The basilica was damaged and rebuilt on several occasions from the 15th through 17th centuries due to wars between Georgia and the Persians and Turks. The brick belfry near the Anchiskhati Basilica was built by Catholicos Domenti in 1675. The look of the structure was drastically changed in the 1870s, when a dome was added. During the Soviet period, all religious ceremonies at Anchiskhati Basilica were halted, and the building transformed into a museum for handicrafts. It was later used as an art studio. From 1958 to 1964 restoration works took place in celebration of the 1500th Jubilee of the founding of Tbilisi, which changed the view of the church back to the seventeenth-century version, however, it was not until 1991, after the independence of Georgia was restored, that the basilica reverted to religious use.

  24. Tbilisi - Sioni Cathedral Short History

    The Sioni Cathedral of the Dormition is a Georgian Orthodox cathedral in Tbilisi. Following a medieval Georgian tradition of naming churches after particular places in the Holy Land, the Sioni Cathedral bears the name of Mount Zionat Jerusalem. It is commonly known as the "Tbilisi Sioni" to distinguish it from several other churches across Georgia bearing the name Sioni. According to medieval Georgian annals, the construction of the original church on this site was initiated by King Vakhtang Gorgasali in the 5th century. This early church was completely destroyed by Arabs, the cathedral was completely rebuilt by King David the Builder in 1112. The basic elements of the existing structure date from this period. Later centuries it was destroyed and rebuilt few times, Sioni Cathedral remained functional through Soviet times, and was partially renovated between 1980 and 1983. Now serves Georgian church.

  25. Tbilisi - Metekhi Church Short History

    Metekhi is a historic neighborhood of Tbilisi, Georgia, located on the elevated cliff that overlooks the Mtkvari river. The neighborhood is home to the eponymous Metekhi Church of Assumption. The district was one of the earliest inhabited areas on the city’s territory. According to traditional accounts, King Vakhtang I Gorgasali erected here a church and a fort which served also as a king’s residence; hence comes the name Metekhi which dates back to the 12th century and literally means “the area around the palace”. Tradition holds that it was also a site where the 5th-century martyr lady Saint Shushanik was buried. However, none of these structures have survived the Mongol invasion of 1235.

  26. Tbilisi - Trinity Cathedral Short History

    The Holy Trinity Cathedral of Tbilisi commonly known as Sameba is the main cathedral of the Georgian Orthodox Church located in Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia. Constructed between 1995 and 2004, it is the third-tallest Eastern Orthodox cathedral in the world and one of the largest religious buildings in the world by total area. Sameba is a synthesis of traditional styles dominating the Georgian church architecture at various stages in history and has some Byzantine undertones. The construction of the church was proclaimed as a "symbol of the Georgian national and spiritual revival" and was sponsored mostly by anonymous donations from several businessmen and common citizens. On November 23, 2004, on St. George's Day, the cathedral was consecrated by Catholicos Patriarch of Georgia Ilia II and high-ranking representatives of fellow Orthodox Churches of the world. The ceremony was also attended by leaders of other religious and confessional communities in Georgia as well as by political leaders. Designed in a traditional Georgian style but with a greater vertical emphasis, and "regarded as an eyesore by many people, it is equally venerated by as many others". The Cathedral has a cruciform plan with a dome over a crossing resting on eight columns. At the same time, the parameters of the dome is independent from the apses, imparting a more monumental look to the dome and the church in general. The dome is surmounted by a 7.5 meter tall gilded gold cross. For sure one of the highlights of Georgian churches and Cathedrals.

  27. Second Day - Tbilisi Short History

    Legend says, that the present-day territory of Tbilisi was uninhabited and covered by forest as late as 458 AD, the date medieval Georgian chronicles assign to the founding of the city by King Vakhtang I Gorgasali of Iberia (or Kartli, present-day eastern Georgia). Archaeological studies of the region have however revealed that the territory of Tbilisi was settled by humans as early as the 4th millennium BC. The earliest written accounts of settlement of the location come from the second half of the 4th century AD, when a fortress was built during King Varaz-Bakur's reign (ca. 364). Towards the end of the 4th century the fortress fell into the hands of the Persians, but was recaptured by the kings of Kartli by the middle of the 5th century. According to one account King Vakhtang Gorgasali (r. 447-502) went hunting in the heavily wooded region with a falcon. The king's falcon caught a pheasant, but both birds fell into a nearby hot spring and died. King Vakhtang was so impressed with the discovery that he decided to build a city on this location. The name Tbilisi derives from the Old Georgian word "Tpili", meaning warm. The name Tbili or Tbilisi ("warm location") therefore was given to the city because of the area's numerous sulfuric hot springs, which are still heavily exploited, notably for public baths, in the Abanotubani district. This mythical foundation account is still popular, but archaeological evidence shows that Vakhtang revived, or rebuilt parts of the city (such as Abanotubani, or the Metekhi palace, where his statue now stands) but did not found it.

  28. First Day - Arrival and Accommodating Airport and Hotel

    Tour includes transfer from Tbilisi Airport, our driver and guide will meet you there and drive to your hotel.

  29. Kazbegi - Gergeti Trinity Church Short History

    Gergeti Trinity Church is a popular name for Holy Trinity Church near the village of Gergeti in Georgia. The church is situated on the right bank of the river Chkheri, at an elevation of 2170 meters (7120 feet), under Mount Kazbegi. The Gergeti Trinity Church was built in the 14th century, and is the only cross-cupola church in Khevi province. The separate belltower dates from the same period as the church itself. Its isolated location on top of a steep mountain surrounded by the vastness of nature has made it a symbol for Georgia. The 18th century Georgian author Vakhushti Batonishvili wrote that in times of danger, precious relics from Mtskheta, including Saint Nino's Cross were brought here for safekeeping. During the Soviet era, all religious services were prohibited, but the church remained a popular tourist destination. The church is now an active establishment of the Georgian Orthodox and Apostolic Church. The church is a popular waypoint for trekkers in the area, and can be reached by a steep 1 1/2 hour climb up the mountain, or around 30 minutes by jeep up a rough mountain trail.

  30. Kutaisi - Gelati Monastery Complex Short History

    Gelati, which is a monastic complex near Kutaisi. It contains the Church of the Virgin founded by the King of Georgia known as David the Builder in 1106 and the 13th-century Churches of St. George and St. Nicholas. The site is renowned for its collection of 12th to 19th-century mosaics, wall paintings, enamels and metalwork. King David the Builder began constructing the monastery and academy in 1106 as a grand tribute to his victory over the Turks. The academy was one of the first institutions of higher education founded in the Middle Ages, and became a principal cultural center in Georgia. In 1994, Gelati was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and in 2006 was included on the list of Immovable Monuments of Georgian Cultural Heritage.

  31. Kutaisi - Motsameta Monastery Short History

    Motsameta Monastery is smaller and quieter than the one in Gelati, although its cliff-edge setting is more spectacular by far. It is located 6km out of Kutaisi, off the Gelati road. In the 11th century, King Bagrat III built a monastery on the foundations of the destroyed eighth-century church in honor of the two brothers, now national heroes and saints in the Georgian Orthodox Church. Their tomb rests on two carved lions at the top of a side altar in the church. The lions are connected with the legend of David and Constantine Mkheidze, for it is believed that they appeared to bring the bodies of the brothers up from the river to the church. Believers also hold that if you walk three times through the small passage beneath the saints' tomb without touching the walls, your prayers will be answered. Take the turning marked by a photo of the church and follow this track for a couple of kilometres. This little monastery has a spectacular setting on a cliff-top promontory above a bend of the Tskhaltsitela River. Situated dizzily high above the ravine of the Tskhaltsitela River, the monastery offers awe-inspiring views of the river and the surrounding countryside from any number of buildings and points on the grounds. Extremely isolated and seldom visited by tourists, this place will give you an unadulterated taste of the monastic life. As you walk to the monastery, you'll see strips of colored cloth tied to the myrtle bushes and fig and pomegranate trees that flank the lane. These are votive offerings, placed there in hopes that a prayer might be granted.

  32. Kutaisi - Bagrati Cathedral Short History

    The Bagrati Cathedral is frequently used as the symbol of the city of Kutaisi. It was built during the reign of King Bagrat III (hence the name) in the 11th-century but was severely devastated in 1692 during the Ottoman invasion. The Bagrati Cathedral sits on a hill just above Kutaisi and offers a magnificent view of the city. It was Unesco World Heritage Site listed in 1994.

  33. Kutaisi - Sataflia Cave Short History

    Sataplia is known for its dinosaur traces which were discovered by Kutaisi environmentalist P. Chabukiani, who detected there a settlement of the primitive man, together with the footprints of a dinosaur. The Sataplia karst cave begins from the north and leads to the east, it lies 6 kilometers northwest of Kutaisi within Sataplia state preserve. The 300 meter long, 10 meter high and 12 meter wide karst cave abounds in stalactites and stalagmites and a spring winds along its bottom. The air and water temperatures in the Sataplia karst cave are nearly equal ( 12 to 13 celsius). There is a speleological museum near it now.

  34. Eighth Day - Batumi Short History

    Batumi is the second-largest city of Georgia, located on the coast of the Black Sea in the country's southwest. Situated in a subtropical zone near the foot of the Lesser Caucasus Mountains, Batumi is a popular tourist destination known for its varying weather–it is a bustling seaside resort during warm seasons, but can get entirely covered in snow during winter. Much of Batumi's economy revolves around tourism and gambling, but the city is also an important sea port and includes industries like shipbuilding, food processing and light manufacturing. Since 2010, Batumi has been transformed by the construction of modern high-rise buildings, as well as the restoration of classical 19th-century edifices lining its historic Old Town.

  35. Batumi - Church of the Mother of God Short History

    Is located in Batumi is a Georgian Orthodox cathedral, originally built as a Catholic church early in the 1900's. A Gothic Revival design, the church is located in the Black Sea city of Batumi in Georgia's autonomous republic of Adjara. The church was built as a Roman Catholic church through the sponsorship of the Zubalashvili brothers, Georgian Catholic businessmen, between 1898 and 1902. During the Soviet period the church was closed and converted into a high-voltage laboratory. In 1989 the church was transferred to the Georgian Orthodox Church. The Roman Catholics in Batumi now use the Church of the Holy Spirit, a modern structure consecrated in 2000.

  36. Batumi - Alphabet Tower Short History

    The Alphabetic Tower is a 130-meter-high structure in Batumi, Georgia. The tower symbolizes the uniqueness of the Georgian alphabet and people. The structure combines the design of DNA, in its familiar double helix pattern. Two helix bands rise up the tower holding 33 letters of the Georgian alphabet, each 4 meters tall and made of aluminum. The tower is composed of eleven modules of cantilever trusses of steel tubes which make up two bodies, the interior containing the communication core panoramic elevators and stairs, the exterior which supports the whole structure and defines the skin with the big characters. Each of the 10.8 m. cores is bonded by diaphragms in a star pattern. At the top stands a glass sphere made of triangle elements fixed over steel profiles and sealed. The sphere consists of a hollow circular section structure.This light space hosts several rooms, distributed on different floors within the sphere.The first floor is called the transfer floor. It can be reached by the two main panoramic lifts. From the transfer floor you may reach other lifts which serve the other floors.The second floor hosts a TV studio, next to the kitchen and the restaurant which is on the third floor, designed like a revolving ring. This ring, which goes around 360 degrees in an hour, offers visitors a panoramic view of the city and the Black Sea while they are enjoying their meal. The fourth floor has been conceived as an observatory deck, to enjoy the unique views from the Alphabetic Tower. This floor leads to the fifth one, which is designed to allow visitors see how the tuned mass damper works. The tuned mass damper is a fifty-ton device mounted in structures to reduce the amplitude of mechanical vibrations.

  37. Batumi - Piazza Square Short History

    Piazza Square – one of the most amazing squares in Georgia has already become a symbol of Batumi. It is distinguished by its mosaic and stained glass windows and attracts lots of tourists. The construction of the square was finished in 2010. The main architect of the squire is Vazha Orbeladze, the author of the stained glass windows – Estonian artist Dolores Hofman. Piazza offers all the necessary relevant facilities cafe, restaurant and hotel. Notably, on Piazza Square they often perform concerts of worldwide musicians like Placido Domingo, Chris Botti, Sting, Michel Legrand and Tamar Gverdtsiteli, etc.

  38. Batumi - Old Town Short History

    Growth and development of modern Batumi began in Porto Franco period in XIX century and continued more rapidly later on. Batumi, with its first rank port and well developed industry held a significant place in Georgia and the Caucasus as one of the most important transit and industrial centers. In 1903 29 factories functioned here. A lot of European commercial and industrial companies such as, “O.F.Gillard”, “Siemens and Halske”, “Schuft and Zimmerman”, “Varneke and Company”, ”Nobel Brothers” were doing their business in Batumi.

  39. Back To Tbilisi - Ubisa Monastery Short History

    Is a small village and a medieval monastic complex in Georgia, particularly in the region Imereti, some 25 km from the town Kharagauli. The monastic complex of Ubisa comprises a 9th-century St. George’s Monastery founded by St. Gregory of Khandzta, a 4-floor tower (AD 1141), fragments of a 12th-century defensive wall and several other buildings and structures. The monastery houses a unique cycle of murals from the late 14th century made by Damiane apparently influenced by art from the Byzantine Palaiologan period (1261-1453). The monastery is also known for its honey made by the monks.

  40. Tenth Day - Tbilisi Free Time For Shopping

    Before departure you will have chance to buy some souvenirs and wine, our guide will meet you in the hotel and drive you in few shops, markets and malls, where you can buy gifts for your friends, some Georgian sweets and more.

  41. Departure Tbilisi International Airport

    After Short shopping we will departure to Tbilisi International airport. Our Guide and Driver will organize transfer for you.


Location

Where tour will take place

Tbilisi

Tbilisi

Sighnaghi

Sighnaghi

Kutaisi

Kutaisi

Telavi

Telavi

Batumi

Batumi

Stephantsminda

Stephantsminda

Transport, Accommodation and Meeting Point

Price includes accommodation in a cozy hotel in the center of Tbilisi, Telavi, Kazbegi, Kutaisi and Batumi. All rooms are air conditioned and have a TV, Free WiFi, desk, 24 Hour Reception, Heating, Hairdryer, Wake-up Service, Tasty Breakfast, Comfortable Bed, Private Bathroom and etc. Transportation is included as well, type and capacity of transportation depends on the number of tourists. Our drivers are experienced and professionals. Wish you comfortable stay and safe trip. Hotel pick-up is offered for this tour. Note: if you are booking within 24 hours of the tour/activity departure time, we cannot guarantee hotel pick-up. Once your purchase is complete, we will send you complete contact information (phone number, email address, etc.) for our local operator to organize pick-up arrangements.

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
Bus For Big Groups
Bus For Big Groups
Mini Bus For Medium Groups
Mini Bus For Medium Groups
Minivan For Small Groups
Minivan  For Small Groups
Small Car For VIP Groups
Small Car  For VIP Groups
Hotel Accommodation Twin Room
Hotel Accommodation  Twin Room

No, this service is additional and please contact tour manager.

Yes you can, it is not required.

We recommend to bring comfortable shoes

We ensure you in safety if you follow all instructions.

Only degustation of Wine is included.

Yes, Price includes breakfast in the hotel.

Yes. You will have dinner in local restaurants during whole tour.

Yes. We provide lunch boxes and soft drinks/water.

Yes of course. He/she has few years of practies.

Yes of course. He/she has few years of practies.

Please check cancelation policy.

In case of questions, please contact your tour manager.

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